The experience was amazing. The staff was excellent, the location was perfect. I highly recommended this restaurant to everyone.
My partner and I went last night for a small celebration. We did the couples tasting which is two apps, entree, and dessert with wine pairings.
The food was amazing...stunning to be honest. I would have given them 5 stars but the wine pairings were a bit off. Everything was incredibly sweet and didn't quite fit with the meal.
My husband and I have lived here since 2006 and have always been curious to try Tayst. We aren't "green" or "organic," so maybe we aren't this place's target audience. The ambiance is pretty bland - it didn't feel lively or energetic, though it's in a good part of town and parking is a breeze.
I ordered the crab cake appetizer and my husband had the special veal app. My crab cake was pretty fishy-tasting and not very creative - it was laid on some normal hollandaise and had a few slices of apple on top. My husband really liked his app but I'm not a veal fan so I don't know. Note, the portion sizes are pretty small, but we are used to that so that isn't really a problem. If you want huge portions for cheap you go to Outback or something. :) We want quality and creativity more than gorging ourselves.
The entrees were pretty terrible. I ordered the lamb which was chewy, though cooked to the appropriate temp by appearance, and accompanied by uncreative rice, sliced carrots, and two big chunks of goat cheese that looked like they came right out of a package. My husband ordered the pork shoulder, which when I tried it was like eating a salt lick, but he said it was ok, though he liked mine better.
The server was perfectly nice, but not very knowledgeable and seemed to be sort of out of it the whole time (P.S. we still tipped 20%, as we normally do). We both commented that he was a little "off."
Overall, we were just really disappointed. I spent ten years waiting tables at many restaurants and my husband is a chef so we are both extremely tolerant and view things in the most favorable light (everyone has a bad night, for sure). This place just really missed the mark. We will not return nor recommend it.
We ordered a $42 bottle of wine, two apps, two entrees, and a dessert to share and the total was $131.00 plus the $26 tip. Maybe there is something I am missing about the difference in "green" or "organic" but if that is the case, I'm not sorry to miss it.
Went to Tayst for the first time last night. What and outstanding experience! The food was excellent and the staff could not have been more attentive. It was our anniversary and we were both made to feel very special.
The dishes were original and the flavors well balanced. I had escargot for my starter which you don't see very often in Nashville and these were prepared to an exceptionally high standard. I also had the lamb which was cooked to perfection. The portion sizes were pleasant. However, I would not recommend trying to fit in more than three courses, despite the encouragement to have more.
Can't say enough good things about the service. If you want to take someone out and know that they will feel well treated, this is your place. Our server seemed earnest and to genuinely care that we had an excellent evening. In this regard, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had in Nashville.
In the interests of balance, let me also mention something I thought could be improved. Compared to other restaurants in Nashville that aspire to the same level of cuisine as this one, I think it lets itself down with the decor. The entrance is uninviting. As you approach, the front doors from outside, you see a line of dusty old books through the window, some of which the spines are facing the window and some not. This makes you wonder if you are entering a restaurant or a second-hand bookshop. Inside, everything changes for the better with interesting pieces of modern art and paintings adorning the walls. Having said that, other restaurants in Nashville at the same price point have put more work into the decor and feel warmer and more inviting when you look around.
Bottom line: if you're going to spend the evening enjoying beautiful food and your company, who cares about what's on the walls, right!
UGH !!. Dreadful meal...inedible 'food'...pretentious service...A total wayst of 2 hours and $80.
I've written two wordy reviews elsewhere so I will make this one short and to the point. My husband and I eat out every single day, have our Nashville faves and I feel qualified to rate this restaurant 1 star.
* Zilch atomosphere
* Server- Zilch personality - offensive in his
* Appetizers arrived quickly - Entree slow - arrived 20
min after 2nd appetizer
* Cold Bread - No Butter - Pureed "something"
unrecognizable by taste
* Decent cheese plate - drop the Melba toast - too
crunchy and loud to eat in an intimate atmosphere
* Embarrassing salad due to size and appearance -
* Entrees - Steak was just a bad piece of meat - for the
same price, I could've had Ruth's Chris or Stoney
River - Vegetarian entree was slop and I almost spit
out first bite - neither arrived hot
Very disappointing - overpriced - small portions - this
was a small crowd, middle of the week night - I cannot believe this was a $100 meal with NO alcohol.
"To Die For" Dining.
Unusual, delightful flavors one dish after another. We thought the next course could not possibly be better. We were wrong. Herb-crusted ahi tuna. I'm amazed at the skill of the kitchen in preparing a dish with few ingredients to perfection.
Portions were a perfect size, leaving room for the next course. And wow, am I glad I left room for dessert. The chocolate flourless cake was presented beautifully and beyond delicious. I've never asked for a take-home on dessert, but I brought my four remaining forkfuls home.
Tayst is not a restaurant with "Good Taste". Not impressed with Tayst. I sit there from 5:30 to 7:30. I never received a refill on my drink or was even asked if I would like another. Luckily I did have some water. The appetizer Liver Pate' and Pears and caraway crackers consisted of 4 crackers, a teaspoon of pears and a Tablespoon of pate'. It was tasty but small and it did take over an hour to receive the rest of my order. The waiter chatted over at the other table multiple times but passed our table many times without even checking to see if anything was needed. We always had to try to "Catch him or get his attention". I do not recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a nice evening on the town. You will leave frustrated.
Very Disappointing. Our Supper Club selected Tayst for its interesting menu. The ambiance is nice - easy parking considering the area, muted colors and local ingredients. That's about where the fun ended. We arrived at 5:30. Apps took about 30 minutes to arrive and were small in size. The liver pate had a sharp flavor though wasn't unappealing. Other appetizers were not very interesting. One was tomatoes with goat cheese drowning in balsamic. Entrees, which we'd ordered at the same time as apps finally arrived at 7:30. The amount of time it took for our food was inexcusable, but the excuse was that "several people in the group ordered different courses". Well yeah, they ordered an app and then a salad or another app as their main course. They were out of the 1 soup offered the menu (at 5:30 in the evening??) I ordered the "meaty pasta" for $26.00. It turned out to be a lukewarm plate of 3 meatballs with a ton of sage in them and some overcooked pieces of pasta. The sauce was more like some kind of gravy and there were almost raw pieces of carrot in it. It was very strange and I found it hard to believe I waited 2 hours to eat that! One of the people in our group complained about the slow service and the waiter argued with her. I wanted dessert but the meal had taken so long to arrive I didn't have time to order it. I saw no good excuse for the slow pace of the meal and disappointed food. There didn't appear to be any entrees under $25 on the menu. I don't mind paying for a meal, but I do have expectations that it will be accompanied by good service and food. Tayst didn't provide either and I doubt anyone in my group will be returning.
tayst-less. So disappointing. My husband and I have been talking about trying Tayst since owner/chefJeremy Barlow's 2009 Iron Fork win. Service was ok, nothing special. The food was pretty bland, not memorable and the portions were super small. Everyone in our party looked at one another after 3 courses and stated we were all still hungry!
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